Rob Watt

Honorary Research Fellow



Mr Rob Watt retired from English in December 2007 and is now an Honorary Research Fellow.

Research Interests

Research Interests

Rob Watt's research interests include:

  • Textual problems in Renaissance literature;
  • poetry from the late Victorian period to the present;
  • literary computing.

Publications include:

  • A Concordance to the Poetry of Philip Larkin,
  • the Longman Critical Reader on Shakespeare's History Plays,
  • an introductory study of Gerard Manley Hopkins,

and many articles, particularly on corruption in the text of Shakespeare and on the poetry of Hopkins, Larkin, and Heaney.

He is the creator of The Web Concordances, Electronic Editor of the journal English, and a Fellow of the English Association.

His text analysis software Concordance, now in its 3rd version, has users in 59 countries.

In 2004-5 he was Visiting Fellow at the Institute of English Studies in the School of Advanced Study, University of London, collaborating with Professor Brian Vickers and others on the first complete edition of the Works of the Caroline dramatist John Ford.




The Collected Works of John Ford, Volume I , ed. with Gilles Monsarrat & Sir Brian Vickers FBA (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) xxiv + 696 pp.

Shakespeare's History Plays, ed. (London: Longman, 2002), vi + 232 pp.

Philip Larkin: A Concordance to the Poetry of Philip Larkin (Hildesheim: Olms-Weidmann, 1995), xxi + 660 pp.

Selected Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1987), viii + 96 pp.


Concordance - text analysis software (v.1, 1999; v.2, 2000; v.3, 2002; v.3.2, 2004)

Electronic Publications

The Web Concordances - Electronic publications (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)


The Web Concordances, JISC Technology Applications Programme (JTAP) Report 025 (August 1998), 31 pp.

Articles & Book Chapters

'Hopkins and the Gothic Body', in Victorian Gothic: Literary and Cultural Manifestations in the Nineteenth Century, ed. by Ruth Robbins and Julian Wolfreys (Palgrave, 2000), pp. 60-89.

'Door, Floor, and Tardy Servants in Wuthering Heights', English Language Notes, 39:2 (December 2001), 46-7

‘Editorial Mumpsimus in the Poems of Gerard Hopkins’, The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, 6th series, 21:4 (1999), 361-8

'Electronic Hopkins', Hopkins Quarterly, Vol. 23:1-2 (1997), 41-60

'Neither Parti-eyed nor Poorly Led: Edgar Meets the Blind Gloucester', Review of English Studies, n.s. 48:189 (February 1997), 51-6

'The Larkin Concordance' in About Larkin: Newsletter of the Philip Larkin Society, 3 (April 1997), 28

'The Siege of Orleans and the Cursing of Joan: Corruption in the Text of Henry VI Part I', English Language Notes, 33:3 (1996), 1-6

'Hopkins's 'Penmaen Pool' and the Tradition of Travellers' Verse', English, 44:179 (1995), 111-9

'An Interview with Sean O'Brien', Talking Verse: Interviews with Poets (St Andrews and Williamsburg, 1995), pp. 173-86.

'Commendable Silence: A Crux in The Merchant of Venice', Notes and Queries, n.s. 42:3 (September 1995), 316-7